Posts Tagged ‘Aldus Manutius’

November 14

The Senate of Venice upon this day in the year 1502 granted to the publisher, Aldus Manutius, the exclusive privilege of the use of a new type introduced in April of the previous year. This type was a letter which the Italians called Aldino. but which in France became known as Italic, a subterfuge based [...]

September 4

As part of a four or five day visit to the Italian city of Turin on September 4, 1506, Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, a few weeks prior to his forty-first birthday, received the degree of Doctor of Theology. Erasmus had received his bachelor’s degree in Paris in 1498 and had hoped to secure the doctorate at [...]

March 16

A weary Venetian printer named Aldus Manutius on this day in 1503 finally decided that he had had enough and thereupon broke into print to announce the fact. Aldus was primarily concerned with the pirating of his printed works. One of the great publishers of any era, Aldus had been meticulous in the editing of [...]

February 4

Probably the earliest known use of a printer’s mark which pictured the printer himself occurred in a book, Heures à l’Usaige de Rome, published on this day in Paris in 1489 by Jean du Pré. The device was apparently cut in relief on metal, a method quite common in French books of the period. This [...]